WIF 2023: Gender Equality in Corporate Leadership

17 Oct, 2023
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

17 October 2023
14:30 – 16:00 Abu Dhabi

The event provides market leaders with an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities to make greater contributions to achieving SDG 5 on gender equality. This session will examine the role of stock exchanges and other key market stakeholders in promoting gender equality in their markets. The discussions will examine the progress of gender balance in corporate board rooms and other positions of corporate leadership, and will consider the range of strategies deployed, including market education programmes, gender equality themed equity and bond products and standards and norms development.

Gender equality is a top priority on the international sustainability agenda and one of the UN SDGs. Businesses are improving their practices, developing public-private partnerships, and investing resources to achieve gender equality. While it is increasingly recognized that advancing gender equality through business operations and value chains means better talent, higher productivity, more customers, and a stronger bottom line, progress remains slow. To achieve the UN SDGs, market participants need to continue to advance at a fast pace.

Session themes:

  • What role can exchanges play in promoting gender parity?
  • What role does regulation play in achieving gender equality?
  • What role can equity, bond and other financial products play in promoting or financing achievement of SDG 5?
  • How can exchanges promote an increase in female participation on their issuers’ boards?
  • What role can market education programmes play in promoting gender equality?

Registrations details

Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document

You can access entire WIF 2023 program here

SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance. 

Moderator

  • Martine Valcin
    Global Manager, ESG Advisory, Knowledge and Learning
    IFC

Speakers

  • Muhamad Umar Swift
    CEO
    Bursa Malaysia
  • Rachel Askew-Sammut
    Head of Corporate Equalities, Due Diligence and Supply Chains
    Department for Business and International Trade, UK
  • Dr Konstantin Saroyan
    Secretary General
    Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges
  • Abena Amoah
    CEO
    Ghana Stock Exchange
  • Loty Salazar
    Lead, IFC's Women on Boards & in Business Leadership Program
    IFC
  • Alina Aldambergen
    Chairperson
    Kazakhstan Stock Exchange
  • Laetitia Hamon
    Head of Sustainable Finance
    Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Wendy Boit
    ESG Lead
    Nairobi Securities Exchange
  • Anthony Miller
    Chief Coordinator
    UN SSE (UNCTAD)
  • Moez Doraid
    Deputy Executive Director
    UN Women
  • Tiffany Grabski
    Head, SSE Academy
    UN SSE (UNCTAD)

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.